The Doors

The Soft Parade [Video]

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The Soft Parade was the Doors' own "answer" to what Manzarek calls "the atrocious Oliver Stone film"; it was assembled in part from a May 23, 1969, broadcast of the WNET-TV series Critique, a somewhat forward-looking (if pretentious) arts discussion show hosted by critic Stanley Kaufman on which journalist Richard Goldstein interviewed the bandmembers between live-in-the-studio performances of the title track and other songs of the period. Goldstein admitted in later years that he remembered nothing of the interview, saying he was on acid at the time; and the videotape was missing for years, WNET having erased its master in the course of house cleaning, although the audio portion of the performances was bootlegged in the late '70s. The video master later surfaced in the hands of the producer and was recut for this video release, and it is one of the very rare serious interviews with a rock band of the period, giving the members a chance to talk and to sound intelligent about what they do. Taped just a few weeks after the so-called "Miami incident," it's a unique document; at that point, nobody but the early public television station WNET-Channel 13, which in those days was almost flying below the political radar, was going to give Jim Morrison or the Doors a platform for anything on television. Morrison, in his heavily bearded guise, looks as though he's aged 20 years from the "Break on Through" clip made just three years earlier.

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